Gov. Charlie Baker said on Wednesday he will not vote for leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in the general election in November.
“I said I wasn’t going to vote for Trump yesterday, and I’m not going to vote for him in November,’’ he said, according to The Boston Globe.
The quote is Baker’s most definitive statement yet regarding how he will handle the possibility of Trump winning the Republican nomination. Baker, who has led Massachusetts as a moderate Republican, said on Tuesday that he did not vote for Trump, but declined to identify who he supported.
Baker was adamant on Tuesday that he was “not willing to concede’’ that Trump would win the primary race, even after Trump won sweeping victories across the country on Super Tuesday with a broad source of support. In Massachusetts, Trump won the GOP primary with 49 percent of the vote.
So if not Trump, who would Baker vote for?
“I’m not much of a fan of Hillary Clinton, let’s put it that way,’’ he said.
Baker was then asked if he would support an independent candidate or if he would choose not to vote.
“I’m not willing to concede that the Republican nomination is over, and frankly, you guys shouldn’t either,’’ he said. “You’ve got 35 states left to play here, more than half the delegates.’’
Baker has previously criticized Trump’s statements toward women and Muslims, and expressed concerns about Trump’s “sense of purpose’’ in government.
“I think there’s a certain temperament and a certain collaborative nature that’s fundamental to somebody’s ability to succeed in government, and I question whether he has the temperament and the sense of purpose that’s associated with delivering on that,’’ Baker said in early February.